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Alune Wade was personally selected by Marcus Miller in 2015 to contribute to Miller's album "Afrodeezia" - a testament to his exceptional talent. However, Wade's path to success began earlier when he was discovered by Ismaël Lô at the age of 18. Since then, he has collaborated with an impressive array of contemporary music legends and performed alongside artists such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Zawinul, Fatoumata Diawara, Paco Sery, Bela Fleck, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Deep Forest, and Gregory Porter. Apart from his distinctive and vibrant electric bass playing, it is his voice that, much like the West African griots, tells stories with deep emotion and touching falsetto/tonality.
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 Alune exudes a calm authority and intense power, creating a unique jazz experience with a sophisticated urban flair. Inspired by the bustling metropolises of Paris, New York, and Dakar, he truly embodies cosmopolitan music. As a remarkable figure in today's jazz and Afrobeat scene, Alune Wade presents his eclectic and highly creative compositions, captivating audiences on significant stages worldwide. 

Alune Wade is both rooted in tradition and experimental in his approach: African rhythms serve as the foundation of his compositions, around which he masterfully and effortlessly arranges various genres that seamlessly blend into one cohesive whole. For him, the electric and double bass are natural extensions of his African roots, offering fantastic rhythmic possibilities across different genres, from classical music to jazz and global music. His masterfully played bass serves as the backbone, creating a valuable link between rhythm and harmony, infusing new vitality into the African jazz scene. 

Born in June 1978 in Dakar, Senegal, Alune Wade was exposed to classical music by his father, the conductor of a symphony orchestra. At the age of 13, Alune began playing bass in local bands in Dakar, and he made his first recordings at the age of 15 in a friend's music studio. Three years later, Alune Wade auditioned for Ismaël Lô, one of the most respected musicians on the African continent, and remained with Lô for eight years. 

Alune Wade's versatile and deeply rooted bass playing style has established him as a virtuoso in the African jazz scene. One of the masters who discovered Wade's talent was the late Joe Zawinul, who invited him to be part of the legendary Zawinul Syndicate. Since then, Alune Wade has served as a bassist for diverse artists like Henri Dikongué, Paco Sery, and Mokhtar Samba, to name just a few. 

Alune Wade released his first solo album in 2006 titled "Mbolo," which means "Unity" in Wolof. It presents a blend of rhythms rooted in Africa and influenced by jazz and contemporary music from around the world. He further explored these influences on his 2010 album "Ayo Nene." 

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In 2015, Alune Wade collaborated with Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa to create the work "Havana-Paris-Dakar" (World Village), which serves as a bridge between the home countries of these two artists. In the same year, Alune also participated in the album "Afrodeezia" with Marcus Miller.
Further albums and collaborations followed, making Alune Wade one of the most significant figures in African jazz.
african fast food alune wade
On his fourth album "African Fast Food" (Sony Music/Cristal records 2018), he delved deeply into the profound connection between African rhythms and other global influences, all the while exploring jazz and its boundless interpretive possibilities. This elegant and captivating album delights with extremely groovy basslines, fantastic melodies, a warm sonic backdrop, cool vocal performances, and funky beats that make it hard to sit still. A blend of Afrobeat and Afro-Jazz, sounding as urban as can be, it brings together some of the greatest musicians from Paris, New York, Havana, and Dakar.
sultan alune wade
"Sultan" (Enja & Yellow Bird, 2022) marks his fifth musical creation. This album embodies multiculturalism and blends unique rhythms with the facets of Afrobeat, the melodic Maqams of Arabic music, and the heartfelt essence of jazz. The tracks take listeners on a fascinating journey from Djerba to Istanbul, from Dakar to Bangladesh, and from Kairouan to the Kingdom of Sheba. In doing so, they explore Arab, Andalusian, and Berber influences as well as Western scales and Eastern Maqâms. The Downbeat magazine placed "Sultan" among the top 50 albums of the year 2022.

Tour history
among other

- Joe’s Pub, New York, USA
- Scullers, Boston, USA
- Blue Llama, Ann Arbor, USA
- Ampere, Munich, Germany
- Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria,
- Divadlo u hasičů, Praha, Tschech Republic
- Jazzclub Regensburg, GErmany
- Treibhaus, Innsbruck, Austria
- Cafe de la Danse, Paris, France
- Moods, Zürich, Switzerland
- Domicil, Dortmund, Germany
- Espace Senghor, Brussels, Belgium
- Amare Den Haag, Netherlands
- Marseille, France
- Brosella, Brussels, Belgium
- International Jazz Day with Marcus Miller, UN Building, New York
- Biennale des Artse, Dakar, Sénégal
- Festival de Jazz, Saint-Louis, Sénégal
- Feat. Paco Séry Institut Français, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- New Morning Paris, France
- Institut francais, Halifax, Tunisia
- North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Cosmopolite 30 Years Anniversary, Oslo, Norway
- Mindel Summer Jazz Festival, Cabo Verde

PAST CONCERTS among other (2016 - 2021)
- Conakry Jazz Festival, Guinea Conakry
- Institut Français, Dakar, Senegal
- Institut Français, St. Louis, Senegal
- Maison de Culture, Brussel, Belgium
- Bohemian Festival, Czech Republic
- Montreux Jazz Festival
- Le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France
- Geneve Music Conservatoire, Switzerland
- International Jazz Day, Guyana
- Solidarity of Arts, Gdansk, Poland
- Joy of Jazz, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Megève International Jazz Festival, France
- St. Louis Jazz Festival, USA
- Jazz à Porquerolles, France
- Gala de la Croix Rouge, Monaco
- Mindel Summer Jazz Festival, Cabo Verde
- Electron Hall, Sendai City, Tokyo, Japan
- Jyozenji Street Jazz Festival, Sun Sendai City, Japan
- Cotton Club, Tokyo, Japan
- Blue Note, Beijing, China
- Safaricom International Jazz Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
- Montecarlo Jazz Festival
- Creole Jazz Festival, Martinique
- Dimajazz Algerie
- Solidarity of Arts, Gdansk, Poland 

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